Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined Assemblyman Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base to sign Assembly Bill 717, which establishes an annual "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on March 30.
"Our Vietnam veterans fought for our freedoms, kept America safe and dedicated their lives to this nation," Schwarzenegger said. "We are forever thankful for their unwavering strength and courage while fighting in the Vietnam War. By signing this legislation we join together to express our gratitude, remember their service and say 'welcome home.'"
AB 717 encourages all public schools in California to observe "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on March 30 and conduct exercises recognizing the contributions of all those involved in the Vietnam War. The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are 8.2 million Vietnam-era veterans throughout the U.S.